How you feeling today?
Not so short on breath.
Yes. I'm afraid there's no easy way for me to say this, but--
You have asbestosis.
It's--it's an inflammation on the lungs--
My husband died from it 23 years ago.
That's probably around the time you contracted it.
Unfortunately, it would have just been passive exposure for you.
You would have washed your husbands clothes.
You would have shared a bed with him.
That would have exposed you to the asbestos back then.
It can have a thirty year incubation cycle--
Would you like some tissues?
Until a month ago, I would have said you were the healthiest 83 year old woman I knew.
Well, you're not the sickest.
I'm sorry, that was not the best thing to say.
But lets not dwell on that.
There's lots of things we can to make things easier for you, specialists I know who are very good in their field--
(The 12 Days of Christmas. The woman in this story is called Jean. She's my mother's neighbour.)